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Backroom Drama…?

Posted by atleti on February 1, 2008

Just read an article on AS. about the ever-growing rift between Pitarch & Aguirre. Here are the details for English-speaking supporters: 

According to ONDA MADRID (31-January),  sporting director Pitarch wanted the club to sack Aguirre, following our elimination in the Copa. What’s more, Pitarch believes the Mexican’s mishandling of the Maniche situation is also grounds for sacking him.

In terms of Aguirre, he is apparently angered by the fact that Pitarch failed to do his job as sporting director by not signing Tiago (or another player of a similar quality). What’s more (and yes there’s more), Aguirre is also peeved that Pitarch failed to sign a centre-back for this season (both in the summer & January). The Mexican apparently made it quite known that the team was in desperate need of a new defender.

This wouldn’t be the first time Pitarch has had rift with a manager. Remember his time at Valencia? Rafael Benitez made it quite known to the press that he hated the players Pitarch signed: “I’ve asked for a table and they’ve given me a lamp.” 

One has to wonder, given his reputation for signing substandard players, why on earth would the club sign Pitarch as sporting director? It is, in fact, HIS fault that we even have Eller and Cleber. By the way, this is also the same man who said the club should sell Kun if the right price came along.

Some proof of Aguirre’s dissatisfaction?
*Diego Costa is out on loan.

*Cleber did not play in Liga until the Maniche situation. With Motta out injured, he obviously had obviously no choice but to select Cleber more regularly.

*Eller has been used out of necessity as we have limited options in the back-line as well.

On the flip side to all of this, Aguirre has hardly proven that he is a top quality manager (both at Atleti and elsewhere). He’s an average tactician, at best.

In all honesty, either way I look at it, we’re in a lose-lose situation with these two men. It’s certainly not a good thing that all of this is happening in the middle of the season either: all of these issues should have been resolved in the summer (eg rebuilding the defence when we had an opportunity, etc).

In terms of Pitarch’s proposal to sack Aguirre, the higher-ups are apparently opposed to the idea as they believe the team still have a lot to play for (#4 spot & UEFA Cup). At least that’s what’s being said in the press at the moment.

Later on today (Friday), Pitarch will speak to the press to explain (justify?) the lack of transfer involvement and such.  Perhaps we’ll receive some confirmation (or not) on the AS and Onda Madrid articles.

In the meantime, you have to wonder, how is all of this nonsense affecting the players?

10 Responses to “Backroom Drama…?”

  1. Armon said

    If I had to pick between the 2, I’d get rid of Pitarch. I feel that as poor as aguirre’s tactics has been, if he only had a good defender or 2 and a good playmaker, we’d still be playing at an insanely high level

  2. Billie said

    The problem always is the same. Who is the boss, Aguirre or Pitarch? I think would be Aguirre, then, Pitarch must obey to his boss and shut up. Aguirre requests players, Pitarch looks for them and shuts up but now that Aguirre fails, Pitarch begins to speak too much.

    If the team were well, Pitarch would say some thing?

  3. Ram said

    Not sure on the player examples… Eller was bought in when it was told that Aguirre needed a left footed defender. Obviously we would not know whether wanted somebody else. Diego Costa was sent on loan becuase we did not have any vacant EU-spot. Only question was Santana.

  4. Ram said

    By the way On Benitez’ comments — he will complain even if you give him the best. He has the biggest moaning mouth of all the managers.

  5. atleti said

    I agree– the quality of some of our current players is the fault of Aguirre. He has taken it upon himself to sign these players without consulting anyone else.

    He did the similar thing to Benitez as he has done with Aguirre: they ask for a quality defender and he brings them these mediocre no-names. Same goes for Cleber.

    Benitez is a blabbermouth, but the situation at Liverpool is largely his own doing, though, I think (stupid rotation policy, etc). It’s all self-inflicted. The situation at Valencia was largely to do with Pitarch never consulting him about players and bringing in who he believed were low quality.

  6. atleti said

    Exactly (re Diego Costa), ram. Why would Pitarch sign an inexperienced player who occupies a non-EU spot? They send him on loan only to replace him with, of all players, Cleber. It all seems ridiculous and wasteful.

  7. Ram said

    Did Diego Costa cost us anything or was he free?…i forgot this

  8. Ram said

    Also our board is known to get mediocre players. If you see the signings after the promotion we did not sign players that should be playing for one of the best teams in Spain. It could have been excused for the first two years, but we are still suffering from mediocre signings and none of the successive coaches or sports directors seems to realize this.

  9. atleti said

    Oh, I know. I’ve been supporting the club since as far back as I can remember. That’s a whole lot of suffering with a few bright moments.

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